Cecilia Smith
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Cecilia Smith Small Ensembles
Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project
Dark Triumph
Crossing Bridges


Ms. Smith has appeared with the following noted jazz recording artist: Gary Bartz, Greg Osby, Milt Hinton, Alan Dawson, Donald Harrison, Hubert Laws, Cindy Blackman, Billy Pierce, Lonnie Plaxico, Mulgrew Miller, Vanessa Rubin, Cecil Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson, Rufus Reid, Donald Byrd, Mark Whitfield, Randy Weston, and Marian McPartland. Summer 2002 and Fall and Winter 2003-2004 -

During the spring of 2005 Cecilia was the featured artist at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts - 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival. Cecilia has been studying the work of Mary Lou Williams for the past 5 1/2 years. She created the Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project where she is currently the Artistic Director. During this years Kennedy Center Celebration, Cecilia put together an All Star, Mixed Gendered, Multi-generational Big Band and brought in the Morgan State University Choir to perform the complex works of Mary Lou Williams. Cecilia received rave reviews for this performance! Cecilia also received a Berklee College Of Music Alumni Grant that aided her in the continuation of the project.

2002 - Ms. Smith conducted a project at New England Conservatory Of Music - highlighting the compositional works of Mary Lou Williams. Spring 2003 she appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts - where she was featured 2 nights during the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival. Summer 2002 she was featured in the Bethleham Music Festival. 2001. In the summer of 1998 Ms. Smith was selected to perform in "Quincy Jones presents - The Montreux Jazz Festival in New York". This prestigious event was sponsored by Time Warner and held on Central Park's Summerstage.

Currently, the Cecilia Smith Quartet tops the list of the New England Foundation for the Arts touring roster, as one of the most popular Jazz bands. Ms. Smith has also been presented by the Smithsonian Institution for a Symposium/Concert Presentation "Sung-Unsung Jazz Women." She received 1998 Trailblazer Award from the International Women in Jazz, Inc. and the Universal Jazz Coalition, Inc. She was a featured at the 1998 Jazz Times Conventions in New York City. Ms. Smith was a featured artist at the 1999 Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. The Clifford Brown Festival - in Wilmington Del., Anapolis Jazz Festival, Jazzmatazz - R. Regan Center - Washington D.C.

The Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust (London, England) presented her. A Concert presentation and educational clinics were presented at the Tabernacle Performing Arts Center and Portabello Squares - DOT.COM CAFÉ, May 1999.

March 2000 and August 2002, Cecilia was featured on National Public Radio's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. This hour-long interview /performance aired both nationally and internationally.

In February of 2000, Cecilia researched and performed the work of the late great Mary Lou Williams. More than 400 people attended this performance at Our Lady of Victory Church in Brooklyn, NY.

National Public Radio (NPR) featured Ms. Smith on the program "Jazz Profiles." Cecilia was part of the Milt Jackson segment that profiled her as one of the youngest up and coming vibist in the country.

Ms. Smith has also been periodically featured on the Black Entertainment Television Network.


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